Students Run Down Side Street To Avoid KettleStudents running down a side street in Westminster, avoiding the planned route and the hundreds of police officers. Earlier today, the student march split off in different directions and the police was unable to control protesters as they were taking over several main roads.
Protest groups join up at Trafalgar SquareThe group last reported to be at St Pauls have marched down Embankment and joined with other protesters at Trafalgar Square.
The group were followed by riot police and vans, prompting fears that they may have been kettled.
The main cry at Trafalgar Square is now: “Whose streets? Our streets!”
Students will be allowed to rally at Trafalgar Square, but should advances be made towards Whitehall then the Police may decide to kettle the protest.
Jonny, from SOAS, said: “There doesn’t seem to be much organisation anymore, we’re just being a bit nomadic. The protest got a bit fragmented because people didn’t want to get kettled but the sooner we join up with everyone else the better.
“I’m surprised there aren’t mor epolice actually, they seem to have finally realised that students can protet peacefully.”
There is a heavy police presence lining the streets.
Reports suggest that some protesters are leaving Trafalgar Square and heading towards Oxford Street. The large police presence has led people to feel like they may be about to get kettled.
Update from all over London 30 november
We’ve had reports come in from people at Buckingham Palace, The Strand (main group), Marble Arch, Piccadilly, Hyde Park and Parliament Square.
It is thought that protesters are going to try and re-convene at Trafalgar Square. There are reportedly 10 police vans waiting at Trafalgar Square.
On the ground protesters are asking where they should be going, and have said they felt the protest was dis-organised, though understandable because people have been trying to avoid being kettled.
A group of school kids told London Student that they had come to the protest with the encouragement of their teachers, though hadn’t told their parents they were coming.
Update: Police assault 4 protestersThe number assaulted was actually 5 protesters.
The police claimed that they were entitled to hold the protesters on “suspicion of causing unrest” and “suspicion of having weapons”.
A London Student reporter said that the protesters had no weapons and were simply walking along with their faces covered by scarves.
The protesters were asked to give details but most refused. One gave their name and address